BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Lindsay Gerrato tallied seven goals and an assist to lead the No. 5 seed Gov. Livingston Lady Highlanders to a 13-11 victory over the No. 8 seed Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the first round of the Union County Tournament on Friday in Berkeley Heights.
The back and forth duel went to half at a 6-6 stalemate. Gov. Livingston scored the first five goals of the second half to take an 11-6 lead with 14:01 remaining. The Raiders attempted to make a comeback, but GL held onto the lead and finished off with the 13-11 win. GL's goalie Liz Morabito was put to the test and played her best making key saves, 13 in total, to help her team to advance to the next round of the UCT.
"For a goalie to make 13 saves in a tight game, she was a real game changer for us and a big reason why we won, today she had an absolutely amazing game," said Gov. Livingston head coach Chloe Griffen. "Our last game against Scotch Plains, she had her 200th save, it really got her fired up."
The Lady Highlanders improve to 5-3 on the season, while Scotch Plains-Fanwood falls to 3-9.
Sabrina DiLollo led SPF with four goals and Amber Bretz chipped in with three goals. Haley Nakonechny and Libby Daniskas shared time in goal recorded four saves.
Erika Papralki scored for the Raiders on the first possession to open the game. GL was denied on their next attempt by a strong SPF defense. After back and forth action, Meryl Schaffer gained possession for GL and broke through the defense with a shot to knot the game, 1-1.
SPF immediately responded from the draw. GL's tight defense tried keeping the Raiders out but Jordyn Wheeler found the whole and scored from in front to take the (2-1) lead.
Lindsay Gerrato after winning the draw, drove through the three-on-one defense, to fire off a shot to tie the game for the second time. She netted seven goals with one assist in the game. Liz Marabito made 13 saves in goal.
The game was tied five times in the first half and the lead changed hands on three occasions in this tightly played contest until GL broke out with a five goal run to start the second half.
GL will face Westfield in the next round of the UCT on Monday in Westfield at 6 p.m.